STEM Discovery Week 2021 in Duzce

Ayşe Arslan ( Science Teacher)

This activity includes the stem activities that students carry out for 1 month at Duzce Science and Art Center. These activities are aimed at raising awareness about the environment & energy and also promoting sustainability from February 2021 to April 2021.

First Activity: Rain Storage and Greenhouse

We moved to our new school and wanted to make our own greenhouse in our new school. Our first week’s event was a greenhouse design. With this greenhouse, we designed how we could build our own rain storage and the students tried to understand how the rain storage system works. They have learned to make a list of materials required for this design and calculate the cost.

Second Activity: Seed Planting Machine

I asked them to design a seed planting machine for planting work in the garden of our new greenhouse. For this purpose, a system that can lay seeds at 5 cm intervals was designed by creating a vehicle system with cardboard, bottle caps, cardboard box, straw, and tape.

Third Activity: Drip Irrigation System

The system, which is designed by taking advantage of the open-air pressure, is designed to be done with plastic bottles and little hoses. In this design, a system was created with tiny valves and rods holding the bottle upright.

Fourth Activity: Wind Turbine for Greenhouse

In this event, we aimed to create a wind turbine for the greenhouse. Turbines that can work with propellers have been designed to observe the conversion of motion energy into electrical energy.
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This activity, firstly aims to evaluate waste materials using STEAM disciplines, calculate the daily waste produced at home and design products from waste. Secondly, they will make seed balls and observe the seed germination. Finally, students will write an acrostic poem. As a result of the event, it is aimed that students take action to reduce waste at school and at home. And moreover, they are expected to change their behavior in their daily lives.

Age of Student: 13-14
Activity duration: 4 lessons


The world population is growing rapidly. At the same time the need for energy is also increasing. Therefore, it is necessary to meet the energy needs of future generations without ignoring today’s needs. Firstly, the depletion of natural resources based on sustainable development should be prevented. Secondly, resources should be used consciously. It is possible to do this with recycling. Thanks to sustainable development, a healthy, quality life and quality education can be provided. Moreover, poverty and hunger can be ended through sustainable development. To summarize, individuals should be aware of the fact that natural resources are limited and can be depleted.
Firstly, the teacher asks the following questions to students. “Are natural resources infinite?”, “Which of the items you throw away can be re-evaluated?”, “Are the wastes that we consider as garbage really garbage?“. In conclusion, students have used brainstorming to generate ideas. Then they watched 2 videos explaining the importance of recycling and sustainable development.

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